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Browns and Ravens Biggest Needs by Logan Lepiscopo

NFL Teams Biggest Needs by Draft Order

A brand-new article series! NFL writer Logan Lepiscopo brings a series that will entitle every NFL team’s biggest offseason need heading into free agency and the NFL draft. Each article will consist of two teams going in draft order. This article will be about the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Free agency is well under way, expect team needs to change often. If a team has multiple first round picks, the team that originally owned that pick will be covered, to avoid repetitiveness and ensure all 32 teams are covered. In order to provide more accuracy with these mock drafts, any mock drafts done pre free agency will be thrown out the window. At the end of this series I will compile I full 7 round mock drafts, all 256 picks.

Cleveland Browns: Defensive Line

  1. Well… there is a new man under center for the Cleveland Browns and he goes by the name of Deshaun Watson. After a crazy last few days with where Watson was going to be traded, the time has finally come. But as far as what the Browns need is the defensive line, with Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell both in the free agency market it is very necessary to add a big man in the trenches. Along with the defensive tackle position, wide receiver is a gaping hole for Cleveland behind new WR1 Amari Cooper. The last need I would say is either linebacker or edge rusher. Edge rusher comes first if Clowney does not sign the Browns offer, if Clowney does come back to Cleveland linebacker is the next need. This draft class is full of talent on both sides of the ball and it should be easy for Cleveland to get all their big needs. With Deshaun Watson being acquired the Browns lose their first-round pick for this year. But do not worry because they still have plenty of picks to capitalize on… (Mock draft done 3/18/22 5:30pm EST)

RD-2-Pick 44- WR-Christian Watson- North Dakota State

RD-3-Pick 78- ED-Sam Williams- Ole Miss

RD-3-Pick 99- LB-Leo Chenal- Wisconsin

RD-4-Pick 107- S-J.T.Woods- Baylor

RD-4-Pick 118- TE-Jelani Woods- Virginia

RD-6-Pick 202- DL-D.J. Davidson- Arizona State

RD-7-Pick 223- LB-Jeremiah Moon- Florida

Top player hitting free agency: Anthony Walker (Re-signed)

Cap space: $16.26M

Baltimore Ravens: Cornerback

  1. Everybody is writing off the Ravens after last year, but with a full healthy team Baltimore is going to be right back in the running for a playoff spot. The AFC has significantly improved this offseason, and Baltimore is going to need to keep up the pace with the rest of the conference. With Calais Campbell and Justin Houston both hitting free agency, the edge rusher position is a top priority for the team this offseason. The Ravens are also having linebackers L.J. Fort and Pernell McPhee going into free agency, realistically leaving Patrick Queen to man the unit after a very underwhelming 2021 season. Wide receiver is always a need for the Ravens, but we all know that this is a place that wide receivers go for their career to die, and I do not wish that on any WR in the league. Cornerback is a need as well for Baltimore, yes Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey are still there to start but Jimmy Smith and Anthony Averett are no longer part of the team, which leaves the rest of the corner back room very questionable. Defense should be the primary focus for Baltimore but also addressing the interior part of the offensive line. Without anymore explanation, here is my mock draft for the Baltimore Ravens! (3/18/22 6:10pm EST) 

RD-1-Pick 14- IOL-Tyler Linderbaum- Iowa

RD-2-Pick 45- CB-Tariq Woolen – UTSA

RD-3-Pick 76- LB-Damone Clark- LSU

RD-3-Pick 100- ED-Dominique Robinson- Miami (OH)

RD-4-Pick 110- S-Tyquan Thornton- Baylor

RD-4-Pick 119- OT-Abraham Lucas- Washington St.

RD-4-Pick 128- TE-Cade Otton- Washington

RD-4-Pick 139- CB-Zyon McCollum- Sam Houston St.

RD-4-Pick 141- ED-Isaiah Thomas- Oklahoma

RD-6-Pick 196- S-Bubba Bolden- Miami

Top player hitting free agency: Calais Campbell

Cap space: $13.97M

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